Senior Lecturer
Dr. Kamarul Zaman Bin Zarkasi

Ph.D (Agriculture Science), University of Tasmania, Australia
Grad. Cert (Research), University of Tasmania, Australia
M.App.Sc. (Microbiology), University of Tasmania, Australia
B.Sc.(Hon.) (Microbiology), Universiti Sains Malaysia
Diploma (Microbiology), Universiti Teknologi MARA

Room: G08/225            Ext: 6152
Tel: (+604) 653 6152     Fax: (+604) 656 5125
Email: kamarul.zarkasi@usm.my | kamarul.zarkasi@gmail.com

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Microbiologist

 

Research Profile

  • Identification and diversity of fish/shrimp gastrointestinal microbial community.
  • Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Diseases.
  • Microbial Ecology.
  • Environmental Microbiology.
  • Agriculture and Food Microbiology.
  • Marine Microbiology.

 

Current Research

 

  • Molecular studies of bacteria associated with diseases in fishes from different water bodies.

  • The potential of carotenoids (astaxanthin and prodigiosin) to promote the immune system of shrimps and improved their health and productivity.

  • The in vitro application of natural keto-carotenoid pigment of astaxanthin and natural red pigment of prodigiosin for shrimp gut health and it relation to the microbial community dynamic. Grant: USM RUI Grant, March 2017 (Ongoing).

Past Research:

  • Bacteria associated with blood cockle (Anadara granosa) in Penang and role in spoilage against pathogens. Grant: USM Short Term Grant, June 2016 - June 2018.

  • The diversity of the gastrointestinal bacterial community and its relationship to Atlantic salmon health and productivity. Grant: Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre, June 2011 - June 2014. [Link]

Award:

  • Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung 2016 (Penerbitan). Universiti Sains Malaysia [Link]
  • BD ASM Travel Award 2014. Australian Society for Microbiology [Link]

Collaborators

International:

  • Agriculture and Food Systems, School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania, Australia. [Link]
  • Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. [Link]
  • Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre, Adelaide, Australia. [Link]
  • CSIRO Agriculture, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. [Link]
  • Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. [Link]

National:

  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). [Link]
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). [Link]
  • iKERPAN (Arca Biru Sdn Bhd/Blue Archipelago Berhad). [Link]

Membership:

  • Australian Society for Microbiology. [Link]
  • Malaysian Society for Microbiology. [Link]
  • Young Scientists Network - Academy of Science Malaysia. [Link]

Selected Publications

Publications:

  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Mardani Abdul Halim, Teh Faridah Nazari and Feizal Daud (2018) Metagenomic data on Anadara granosa associated bacterial communities using culture dependent approaches and 16S rRNA sequencing. Data in Brief 19: 514-519 .(Elsevier) DOI:10.1016/j.dib.2018.05.052
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi and Teh Faridah Nazari (2018) Molecular Characterisation of Microbial Diversity Associated with Oysters within a Commercial Oyster Farm. Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 18(1): 191-197. (trjfas.org) DOI:10.4194/1303-2712-v18_1_22
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Koh Fu Sheng, Nurfitri Amir Muhammad, Teh Faridah Nazari and Amirul Al-Ashraf Abdullah (2018) Bacterial community diversity associated with blood cockle (Anadara granosa) in Penang, Malaysia. Scientia Bruneiana 17: 41-47. (Universiti Brunei Darussalam) ISSN 2519-9498.
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Richard S Taylor, Brett D Glencross, Guy CJ Abell, Mark L Tamplin and John P Bowman (2017) In vitro characteristics of an Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) hind gut microbial community in relation to different dietary treatments. Research in Microbiology 168(8): 751-759. (Elsevier) DOI:10.1016/j.resmic.2017.07.003
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Richard S Taylor, Guy CJ Abell, Mark L Tamplin, Brett D Glencross and John P Bowman (2016) Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) Gastrointestinal Microbial Community Dynamic in Relation to Digesta Properties and Diet. Microbial Ecology 71(3): 589-603. (Springer) DOI:10.1007/s00248-015-0728-y
  • Christina Neuman, Eva Hatje, Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Richard Smullen, John P Bowman and Mohammad Katouli (2016) The effect of diet and environmental temperature on the faecal microbiota of farmed Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.). Aquaculture Research 47(2): 660-672. (Wiley) DOI:10.1111/are.12522
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Guy CJ Abell, Richard S Taylor, Christina Neuman, Eva Hatje, Mark L Tamplin, Mohammad Katouli and John P Bowman (2014) Pyrosequencing-based characterization of gastrointestinal bacteria of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) within a commercial mariculture system. Journal of Applied Microbiology 117(1): 18-27. (Wiley) DOI:10.1111/jam.12514

Conference Proceeding and Oral Presentation:

  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Amirul Asyraf Aliam, Nurul Syakirah Mohamad Suhaimi, Muhammad Faiz Abdul Kuthoose, Yeoh Shi Yin, and Darah Ibrahim (2018) Bacterial community diversity associated with healthy and unhealthy shrimp (Early Mortality Syndrome) from shrimp farm in Malaysia, Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2018 (APA 2018), 23-26 April 2018, Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China).
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Teh Faridah Nazari, Amirul Al-Ashraf Abdullah (2017) Bacterial community diversity associated with blood cockle (Anadara granosa) in wet market across Penang, Malaysia, ASEAN-FEN International Fisheris Symposium (IFS) 2017, 7-9 November 2017, Kota Batu, Malang, Indonesia.
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Richard S Taylor, Guy CJ Abell, et al. (2016) In vitro growth characteristic and microbial community dynamic of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) gastrointestinal tract in relation to the different diet formulations, Aquaculture Europe 2016, 20-23 September 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Richard S Taylor, Guy CJ Abell, et al. (2016) In vitro growth characteristic and microbial community dynamic of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) gastrointestinal tract in relation to the different diet formulations, International Conference on Marine Science and Aquaculture (ICOMSA) 2016, 23-24 March 2016, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Richard S Taylor, Guy CJ Abell, et al. (2015) The relation of dietary formulation and digesta properties on the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) gastrointestinal microbial community, World Aquaculture 2015, 26-30 May 2015, Jeju, South Korea (Republic of Korea).
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Guy CJ Abell, Richard S Taylor, et al. (2014) Effect of different diet composition and environmental factors on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) gastrointestinal tract microbial community, 15th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME 15), 24-29 August 2014, Seoul, South Korea (Republic of Korea).
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Guy CJ Abell, Richard S Taylor, et al. (2014) Pyrosequencing-based characterisation of gastrointestinal microbiota of commercially farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) in south-eastern Tasmania, Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting 2014, 6-9 July 2014, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Richard S Taylor, Guy CJ Abell, et al. (2014) The effect of dietary formulations and environmental factors on Atlantic salmon gastrointestinal microbial community, World Aquaculture Conference and Trade Show 2014, 7-11 June 2014, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, Guy CJ Abell, Richard S Taylor, et al. (2012) Molecular and culture based characterisation of gastrointestinal tract bacteria of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) within a commercial mariculture system in south-eastern Tasmania, 6th Annual Graduate Research-Sharing Excellence in Research Conference 2012, 6-7 September 2012, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.
  • Kamarul Zaman Zarkasi, K. Goossen, Guy CJ Abell, et al. (2012) Molecular and culture based characterisation of gastrointestinal tract bacteria of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) within a commercial mariculture system in south-eastern Tasmania. Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting 2012, 1-5 July 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

 

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